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Mike Collins

Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins is this region's exclusive forum for the discussion of politics, growth, the arts, culture, social issues, literature, human interest, the environment and more. If something is of interest to people in the Charlotte region, listeners and leaders know the topic is bound to be discussed on Charlotte Talks. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Fall Arts Preview

Take a peek behind the curtain at this season's arts offerings in Charlotte.

Autumn marks the traditional beginning of the arts season and we'’ll cover it all for you. Three of the area'’s top arts writers will join us to talk about this year's offerings of play’s, visual art openings and symphony offerings. It promises to be a busy season from well-known Broadway offerings at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to lesser-known gems at smaller theatres, dance studios and galleries. Get your social calendar out and join us.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Author Kevin Duffus On The Real Blackbeard

Blackbeard (c. 1736 engraving used to illustrate Johnson's General History)
Wikipedia Commons

Almost 300 years ago, Blackbeard the Pirate ran aground off the coast of North Carolina and, to this day, treasure hunters believe there is a rich trove of pirate's booty hidden somewhere in the state. Historian and author Kevin Duffus believes he has found Blackbeard's treasure, but it's not the form of riches you might imagine and you won't find it in history books. Duffus will join us to paint a detailed picture of Blackbeard's impact on the state, the real treasure he sought and a glimpse into a pirate's life that may surprise you.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Native American Trail Trees (Rebroadcast)

Don Wells documents a trail tree - special marker trees that were used as guideposts for Native American Trail systems.

It has been hundreds of years since the intersection of Trade and Tryon was a place where two Native American trading paths crossed but signs of that ancient network of tribal travel and culture are all around us. Right now, two men, among others, are in the midst of mapping the main travel routes of the Cherokees and other tribes as well as the guideposts they used. Many of the guideposts are trees and we'll learn about efforts to preserve them.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Nicholas Carr On The Internet And Our Brains

Mike Collins and Nicholas Carr on stage at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, where the conversation was recorded in front of a live audience.
Erin Sutton
  • Our full conversation with Nicholas Carr from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory.
  • Post-show conversation with Nicholas Carr, includes more questions from the audience and Mike.

Like television before it, the Internet has been credited with being an influence on all sorts of things since it became a mainstream part of our lives - good and bad. Our guest this hour has been writing about technology, including the Internet, for years, and his latest book addresses what the Internet may be doing to our brains - re-mapping, re-programming, changing the way we think and learn!

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The History Of Davidson (Rebroadcast)

Davidson, North Carolina
Flickr/jmd41280

Charlotte is more than just one city, it is a region comprised of many cities and towns and one of them, Davidson, is now the subject of a book chronicling the history of the town. One Town, Many Voices is the work of Davidson College Professor of History, Ralph Levering, and college Archivist Jan Blodgett and incorporates the experiences and voices of a wide range of people. The authors share what they've learned about Davidson - from its beginnings.

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WFAEats
8:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Restaurant Roundup

Food at Heist Brewery. The new brewery in NoDa features beer but also 'twisted American' cuisine like flatbread pizza with seared duck, fried shallots, mozzarella and root beer bbq.
Heist Brewery

Today on Charlotte Talks, Mike Collins and our panel of food writers discussed their favorite restaurants around town. We jumped all over from the latest in Charlotte craft beer to ethnic cuisine to new and old favorites. We've got a list of all the restaurants mentioned on the show. We were scribbling feverishly so you didn't have to! You can listen to the restaurant roundup with food writers Helen Schwab, Patricia Childress and Heidi Billotto here

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Food Critics

Cooler weather is in the air, restaurant patios are opening all over the city and dining out is as popular as ever. So we’'ve invited Charlotte'’s restaurant writers back to talk to us about the latest news in dining. We’ll talk about new restaurants, developments in the dining scene, menu changes in some of our favorite spots, the continuing trend in local food and where to find it, the burgeoning ethnic food scene and much more. Join us as the restaurant divas dish out all of their savory dining tips.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Innovation Economics

There’s a global race on right now where technology and innovation are concerned and America is in danger of “losing” that race. While other nations around the world are strategizing to prioritize technology and innovation to better their economies, our guests today say that America lacks in innovation policy and that this may be what contributed to the Great Recession and to our slow recovery. We’ll learn the importance of innovation with the authors of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Vanity Fair's Elissa Schappell On Women

Elissa Schappell

This election year, the women’s vote has made headlines over and over, and women’s issues have turned into major political debate. That attention has brought women into the spotlight in a variety of ways, including through literature. We’ll meet a Vanity Fair contributing editor who is not only a book critic for a women’s magazine, but who writes stories about women as well. Elissa Schappell joins us to talk about writing for and about women, but also about women’s role in society today and in the political landscape.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Southern Hospitality And What It Means To Be Hospitable

Chef Jim Noble, Owner of Rooster’s and The King’s Kitchen in Charlotte

We like to say that here in the South, our Southern Hospitality is the height of good manners and welcoming others, but what does it really mean to be hospitable? In these angry, sometimes suspicious times, and in a political climate when people from opposite sides are not encouraged to work together or agree on anything at all, is there no longer room for hospitality in our daily lives?

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